[Ontbirds]Presqu'ile Birding Report for Week Ending June 22, 2006.

Fred Helleiner fhelleiner at trentu.ca
Thu Jun 22 17:49:00 EDT 2006

Now that summer has officially arrived, bird migration at Presqu'ile 
Provincial Park may be thought of as having ended.  In fact, however, 
late June marks the overlap between the remnants of the spring 
migration, some of which is reported below, and the onset of the fall 
migration, of which there have not yet been any signs.

Among the water birds present at Presqu'ile this week, the three most 
abundant are Double-crested Cormorants, Canada Geese, and Mute Swans.  
Several dozen of the latter are seen every day, more than in any recent 
year.  It is high time that control efforts are diverted from native 
cormorants to non-native swans.  Two Wood Ducks appeared in the marsh, 
and Gadwalls are present in small numbers around Gull Island, where a 
Northern Pintail has also been seen periodically, most recently on June 
21.  The flock of Long-tailed Ducks off the Nature Centre has shrunk to 
nine birds.  A Red-breasted Merganser was nearby on June 16.  The only 
non-resident shorebirds seen in the past week are Semipalmated Plovers 
(four on June 16 and one up to at least June 21), Semipalmated 
Sandpipers (four on June 18 and one up to at least June 21), and a 
White-rumped Sandpiper on June 16.  Least Sandpipers may be returning 
within a few days.  There were still four Bonaparte's Gulls on the beach 
on June 16.

Two Yellow-billed Cuckoos at the south-east corner of the calf pasture 
likely have a nest nearby.  Willow Flycatchers are easy to find by their 
song along the willow-lined Owen Point trail.  The commonest of the 
swallows near the lighthouse is the Purple Martin, which nests in 
several martin houses nearby.  Other swallows have begun lining the 
wires along Bayshore Road.  An Orchard Oriole near the lighthouse on 
June 21 was the first of that species at that end of the Park since the 
end of the spring migration.

To reach Presqu'ile Provincial Park, follow the signs from Brighton. 
Locations within the Park are shown on a map at the back of a tabloid 
that is available at the Park gate.  Access to the offshore islands is 
restricted at this time of year to prevent disturbance to the colonial 
nesting birds there.

Questions and comments about bird sightings at Presqu'ile may be 
directed to: FHELLEINER at TRENTU.CA.


Fred Helleiner

186 Bayshore Road,
R.R. #4,
Brighton, Ontario, Canada, K0K 1H0
VOICE: (613) 475 5309
If visiting, access via Presqu'ile Provincial Park.

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